Christmas Eve is a time when we celebrate the birth of Christ. As we read the story of Christ's birth, we see that Joseph had a secret plan to divorce Mary. Thankfully, God intervened in a dream and encouraged Joseph to live a fearless life. Because Joseph was a man of character, he obeyed the message the angel delivered. Listen in as Neal teaches about God’s revealed plan for us to live a fearless life in Jesus.
The angel Gabriel broke into earth to deliver a divine message to a young woman in Nazareth named Mary who had been chosen by God for a special task. Mary's response to his message was one of submission. As we look at the fourth advent candle, it's a time to talk about love coming to earth in an amazing way. Listen in as Neal teaches on Luke 1:26-38 and reminds us that love is the defining mark of a Christ follower.
Today we are in the third week of our Christmas series. We’ve titled this series Advent and are looking at the five words associated with Advent. Our community experienced major turmoil with the Thomas Fire so it’s no coincidence that we are studying the word “joy.” The message of joy was given to a group of outcast, despised men who were the first people to visit Jesus in the manger. Listen in as Neal teaches from Luke 2:8-20 about letting the joy of Christ fill your heart this Christmas season.
As we approach the Christmas season, we’re taking a look at Advent. The first candle on the Advent wreath is traditionally known as the Hope Candle or the Prophecy Candle. To understand the need for hope, we have to remember a time in our life when we’ve been hopeless. During the time of Isaiah the prophet, the nation of Israel felt hopeless as foreign nations threatened them. Listen in as Neal teaches about the role of the prophet and how the arrival of Christ brings hope to a hurting world.
As Paul continues on his second missionary journey he brings Priscilla and Aquila along with him. The three travel to Syria and eventually make it to Ephesus where they preach the good news. The team decides to divide and conquer to reach more people for Jesus. While in Ephesus Apollos hears the truth about Christ and his life is changed. In Acts 18:18-28, Luke tells us about three people who worked for the advancement of the Gospel. Listen in as Rob Hall talks about the kind of people God uses to build His Kingdom.
Paul had a passion and desire to share the love of Jesus with the entire world. He took the gospel around the Middle East, and then boarded a ship to spread the love of Christ to Europe where he traveled around Greece helping people find and follow Jesus. This morning we will see Paul leave Athens and travel south to the commerce town of Corinth. Listen in as Neal teaches on Acts 18:1-17
Paul traveled 300 miles to Athens to be a soul winner, not a sightseer. The idol worship there put him in great distress, so he shared the gospel in the local synagogue, the marketplace and to educational leaders. Luke shares Paul's great sermon on Mars Hills with us in Acts 17:16-34. Listen in as Neal talks about how much Paul cared for the people in Athens and how we can also care deeply for others.
In Acts 17:1-15, Luke, the author of Acts, gives us a snapshot of the Gospel travelling to two different cities. Each of these cities has a different response to the Gospel. The city of Thessalonica is thrown into turmoil while the city of Berea responds with eagerness to God’s word. Listen in as Neal teaches about how we all respond differently to Christ.
Paul, Silas and Timothy plan to continue their mission journey in Asia Minor, but the Holy Spirit takes them in a different direction. Instead, He leads them, along with Luke, to Philippi to share the good news. During their mission in Philippi, they meet a wealthy business woman, a slave girl and a jailer. Each of these people place their faith in Christ and join the Church. Listen in as Neal talks about how God is on a rescue mission to reach those who are far from Him.”